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Working as a solo practitioner has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include complete freedom over what cases they work on and making their own destiny. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to private practice attorneys and less support staff to help you in than you would have in private practice.
Solo practitioners enjoy various benefits that larger firm practitioners may lack, such as complete freedom over the cases they choose and the nature of their practice. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming a solo practitioner, including reduced staffing and a lower average salary as compared to larger firm practitioners. All in all, you should weigh your options and consider becoming a solo practitioner if it is the right fit for you.
1. Why did you decide to become a solo practitioner?
I was desirous of having the flexibility of hours and flexibility of being selective in cases that being a solo entails.
2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?
The flexibility of hours and work accepted. It is also nice to eliminate the financial concerns that often arise in a partnership scenario.
3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?
It's all on your shoulders! The loss of camaraderie and the loss of having the expertise and perspective of good lawyers as partners is also a downside. The inability to ask partners to cover when scheduling issues arise is also a downside.
4. What advice would you give to others looking to become a solo practitioner?
Think long and hard about whether you really enjoy doing everything yourself. Definitely seek out an environment with other firms or lawyers who you like and respect so you keep the ability to discuss issues and develop professionally and personally.
5. What is a typical day like for you as a solo practitioner?
It's not that different than with partners - except that you have to make time to handle all the work.
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